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View New Ideas for Improving and Activating the Willamette River’s Central Reach

Urban Design Concept captures the work of planners and the community to make the river in the Central City a healthier, livelier place for all Portlanders

Willamette River Central Reach UDCA first draft of a Willamette River Central Reach Urban Design Concept is available for public review and comment. The concept reflects public input previously received as part of the West Quadrant planning process and a Central Reach workshop held in December 2013.

The illustration will provide general policy guidance. Public comments received on this concept will be used by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability River Planning team to:

  • Update the Central Reach design concept.
  • Inform development of the West Quadrant and Southeast Quadrant and Central City 2035 (CC2035) plans’ goals, policies and actions for the Willamette River.
  • Inform development of the overall CC2035 Plan, which will include an update to the Willamette Greenway Plan and zoning regulations.

The Central Reach Urban Design Concept illustrates on-the-ground ideas for the future of the Central Reach. City staff, stakeholders and organizations, as well as the general public, can use to identify policies, actions and partnerships needed to realize community aspirations for the riverfront. Some ideas are not specifically mapped due to a lack of clarity on location; they may be included in a final draft of the design concept.

Review the Urban Design Concept and give your feedback.

You can share your thoughts about the new concept and how to improve it by filling out the online feedback form. It should take 15-30 minutes of your time to review the design concept and respond to the questions depending on your interests. The comment period closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 31.

For more information, please contact Debbie Bischoff at debbie.bischoff@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6946, or go to the River Plan Central Reach web page.

This Saturday! Rosa Parks Elementary To Host the Fix-It Fair and a Repair Café

BPS E-News, January 2014

The 2013-14 Fix-It Fair season is underway bringing money-saving, health-promoting, utility-conserving support to Portland residents.

Fix-It Fairs are free community events that feature more than 50 exhibitors, workshops, lunch and childcare. Fairgoers can expect to find resources for weatherization and energy conservation, garden and habitat maintenance, healthy eating, sound finances and more.

This Saturday you can visit a repair café at the Rosa Parks School Fix-It Fair on January 25, 2014. Repair cafés  — also known as fix-it clinics or fixers collectives — are popping up all over Portland, and they bring volunteers who like to fix things together with people who have items that need repair. The focus for the Fix-it Fair will be only on small appliances and garments. Bring your curiosity, patience and a DIY attitude! There is no guarantee that all items can be repaired – you may need to find repair parts, do additional research or it may just not be feasible to repair some items – but you will leave with connections to a network of handy fixers.

Learn more about Portland Fix-It Fairs at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif, and attend the two remaining fairs this season:

 

  • Jan 25, 2014 | Rosa Parks Elementary School | 8960 N Woolsey Ave
  • Feb 22, 2014 | David Douglas High School | 1001 SE 135th Ave (Includes workshops presented in Spanish)

Port of Portland Withdraws From West Hayden Island Proposal

BPS E-News, January 2014

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, the Port of Portland released a statement and letter to Mayor Hales formally withdrawing its Annexation Proposal for West Hayden Island. The proposed agreement was developed by the City of Portland with extensive input from the community, technical experts, the Port and the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), which sent a well-vetted Recommended Draft of the proposal to City Council last summer.

The PSC’s recommendation emphasized that successful implementation would require partnerships and achieving multiple public objectives. Reflecting on their recommendation, Commission Chair Andre Baugh said, “We have put together a very strong package that helps advance prosperity, public health, equity and environmental stewardship. To be done right, annexation of West Hayden Island must be done in active partnership with the Port, local government, Metro and state agencies.”

The Port’s decision to not move forward with the annexation will be factored into the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s work to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan and ensure an adequate supply of industrial land to support job growth for the next 25 years. This may include greater public investment in cleanup of brownfield sites in the Portland Harbor and in other types of freight transportation infrastructure. The City can also improve land use plans and zoning to support the vibrant new economy emerging in the Central Eastside Industrial District and the growth of other employment districts in Outer East Portland. 

For more information and updates about industrial land, please visit the Comprehensive Plan website. 

RICAP Gears Up to Make Expedient Code Improvements

BPS E-News, January 2014

RICAP Factsheet
After a three-year [confirm] hiatus, the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Project (RICAP) is back with code amendments to ensure that the City continually adapts to “keep Portland livable.” Changing needs, new laws and court rulings, advanced technology and innovations, and shifting perceptions require that the City’s regulations be updated and improved on an ongoing basis. Short-term rentals (like AirBnB), radio frequency towers and commercial filming in Portland are some of the trends that have shaped the the most recent package, called RICAP 6.

The RICAP 6 work plan was adopted by the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at a public hearing on Aug. 13, 2013. Many of the RICAP items selected by the PSC for staff to further analyze are not necessarily the ones that will result in code amendments.  Staff have released a Discussion Draft or public review, and comments are welcome until Feb. 21, 2014. Staff will incorporate those comments into a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in April.

 

Short Term Rentals: Providing flexibility for homeowners and certainty to neighbors

Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of houses, apartments and condominiums being rented informally on a short-term basis through Internet sites such as AirBnB and Home Away. In Portland, as of September 2013, Airbnb had more than 1,300 listings (up from only 107 in January 2011). The current code includes these types of short-term rentals into the same category as traditional bed and breakfast accommodations, which require a conditional use permit to operate. The draft code amendments create a permit category that will allow renting one to two bedrooms in the house, apartment or condominium where the operator lives as their primary residence.

 

Radio Frequency Transmission Facilities (RFTF): Complying with federal regulations

Speaking of the mobile economy, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are on the rise, driving demand for more wireless sites and services. In 2011, the number of mobile devices in the United States surpassed the population. As wireless service providers continue to expand their networks, cities must update their code to comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations. In addition to ensuring compliance with the FCC, the suggested code amendments address such issues as development standards for wireless facilities as well as landscaping and screening around them.

 

Lights, Camera, Action Portland!

Over the years, the City of Portland has occasionally been the location for filming movies and TV programs. Films such as Kansas City Bomber (1972), featuring Raquel Welch as a roller derby queen, and Gus Van Sant’s Drug Store Cowboy (1989) take place in Portland’s streets, open spaces and buildings. More recently, the television series Portlandia and Grimm are filming entire episodes in Portland. City policy promotes filming activities as an economic development tool, and the Portland Film Office ─ through the Portland Development Commission ─ coordinates commercial filming activities. The new code amendments will allow commercial filming as a temporary use in all zones. Filming will continue to be subject to the procedures coordinated by the City’s film office, however, for proper permits (i.e., right-of-way, parks use) and notification to affected neighborhood and business associations.

 

Read the entire RICAP 6 Public Discussion Draft  and comment by Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Comments may be submitted by mail: 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201; FAX: 503-823-7800; or email: morgan.tracy@portlandoregon.gov.

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